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Can guys get PID?
No. By definition, PID is an infection of the upper part of the female reproductive system. However, a male sexual partner can be (and often is) infected with the bacteria that has caused his partner's PID. This infection can cause him discomfort and it can reinfect you if the two of you have unprotected intercourse. You and your partners need to be treated if you are diagnosed with PID.

If I have been diagnosed with PID, does that mean I have a sexually transmitted infection?
Not necessarily. PID is caused by any bacteria that has infected the upper part of the reproductive system. These bacteria could have spread from your rectum or from a pad or tampon that was in place too long. However, sexually transmitted infections are the most frequent cause of PID. Even if your doctor's tests did not identify any bacteria, your regular sexual partners should also be tested to ensure that there is no danger of reinfection.

I had PID a few years ago. Now my partner and I are trying to have a child. Is there anything I should know?
Early diagnosis and treatment are very important when treating infertility. The Infertility Awareness Association of Canada suggests that couples that have been trying to get pregnant for more than a year without success visit their doctor for a fertility check-up. If you have been diagnosed with PID in the past, your risk is higher, so the Association suggests you have a check-up after six months of trying. Just because you had PID in the past does not mean that you will necessarily have fertility problems. If you do experience fertility problems, the Infertility Awareness Association of Canada can help you find information and support.


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